From Peter Okell
BECAUSE of a slow response to the appeal for finance, work on starting to build the new Catholic Chaplaincy at Manchester University, has been delayed until May or June. Although the plans have been modified. the Chaplain Fr. Benjamin Winterborn, told the CATHOLIC HERALD this week. that the building should still be completed and ready for use by 1964.
Fr. Winterborn also revealed that the appeal fund had been swelled by a recent anonymous gift of £10,000.
Answering the question of why the proposed new Chaplaincy at Manchester University was costing somewhere in the region of £I20.000 and yet Liverpool Universits were paying only £70,000 for their building, Fr. Winterborn told me.
" What many people don't realise is that Manchester is a much larger University than Liverpool and that we have to look to the future: for. by 1970. we expect to have around 2.000 Catholic students at Manchester University.
" Then. of course." Fr. Winterborn added, " a Chapel has been included in the design of the new Manchester Chaplaincy, whereas Liverpool Chaplaincy does not include a Chapel for students will he using the crypt of the Cathedral for Mass."
• FOOTNOTE: Members of the North West branch of the Holy Child Convent, Harrogate, Old Girls' Association and students of Stonyhurst College, Blackburn, have rallied around Bishop Beck's appeal for help in fund raising. They are staging a joint dance at the famous Northern lawn Tennis Club at West Didsbury, near Manchester, tomorrow`(Saturday) to raise money for the Chaplaincy.